Apple Watch Series 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 — compared

Apple Watch Series 9 [left], Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 render [right, via Evan Blass]

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 7 launches on July 10, and like every year, leaks have already blown the cover off of it. Here’s how the leaked specifications compare against the Apple Watch Series 9.

Samsung will be holding its summer Unpacked event on July 10. The company is expected to launch multiple products at the event.

The Galaxy Watch 7 has already been leaked, in great detail, so, it’s now possible to compare the Galaxy Watch 7 against its main rival, the Apple Watch Series 9.

We’re not too concerned about the veracity of the information. Samsung is leaky as a sieve in the weeks before the event, and we’re confident based on the leak sourcing and the history of Samsung leaks, that everything is correct and accurate.

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 – Specifications

Specifications Apple Watch Series 9 Samsung Galaxy Watch 7
Price (starting) $399.00
On sale at Amazon
319 euro ($343)
Reserve at Samsung
Sizes 41mm, 45mm 40mm, 44mm
Display Retina LTPO OLED display Super AMOLED
Case Materials Aluminum
Stainless steel
Aluminum
Processor S9 SiP Exynos W1000
Health Sensors Temperature
Blood oxygen
Electrical heart sensor
Third-generation optical heart sensor
Temperature
Heart Rate (Electrical and Optical)
BioActive
Resistance 50 meters
IP6X dust resistance
5 ATM
IP68
MID STD 810H
Battery Up to 18 hours (36 in Low Power Mode) 425mAh
Recharging Wireless Wireless
Connectivity LTE
UMTS
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Bluetooth 5.3
GPS/GNSS
NFC
Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Bluetooth 5.3
GPS/GNSS
NFC
Other Sensors Compass
Emergency SOS
Fall Detection
Crash Detection
Always-on altimeter
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Geomagnetic sensor
Barometer
Accelerometer
Gyroscope

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 – Design and appearance

The Apple Watch has maintained a fairly consistent appearance throughout its existence. Featuring an aluminum enclosure in its cheapest models and with optional stainless steel, it is a rounded square device with a display and top glass to match.

Samsung is going for a circular device with its Galaxy Watch 7, complete with an aluminum enclosure. The display rests a little above the enclosure and is flat, as opposed to Apple’s rounded edges.

The main control of the Apple Watch is a touchscreen, but it’s supported by the Digital Crown and a side button.

Close-up view of a smartwatch's silver bezel with a red ring, a brown wristband is partially visible in the background.

The Apple Watch Series 9 Digital Crown and side button

As well as touch, Samsung’s smartwatch previously used a spinning bezel as its Digital Crown analog. However, while it is likely to be a similar interface this time around, the leaked specifications do not mention it.

Both varieties ship in two sizes, with the Apple Watch going for 41mm and 44mm, while Samsung’s gone for 40mm and 44mm.

In terms of physical size, the Apple Watch measures 41mm by 35mm by 10.7mm for the 41mm model, and 45mm by 38mm by 10.7mm for the 45mm.

The 40mm Galaxy Watch 7 is said to be 40.4mm by 40.4mm and 9.7mm deep. The 44mm version is apparently 44.4mm by 44.4mm and 9.7mm deep.

There is a little less thickness to the Galaxy Watch 7, but it’s not a significant difference from the Apple Watch.

Weight-wise, the Galaxy Watch 7 is 28.9 grams or 33.8 grams, depending on the size. The Apple Watch is a little heavier at 31.9 grams and 38.7 grams in their lightest configurations.

In terms of durability, Apple says the Apple Watch can withstand a depth of 50 meters, with it also having IP6X dust resistance.

Samsung’s device is rated to 5 ATM of pressure, with an IP68 resistance rating.

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 – Display

The Apple Watch Series 9 sports an always-on Retina LTPO OLED edge-to-edge display. It’s protected by Ion-X front glass in the aluminum models, and Sapphire for the stainless steel versions.

Apple claims it can output up to 2,000 nits of brightness, and as little as 1 nit.

The resolutions of the Apple Watch Series 9 are 430 by 352 pixels and 484 by 396 pixels for the 1.69-inch and 1.9-inch displays respectively. That works out to be a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.

The Galaxy Watch 7 has a 480 by 480 resolution on the larger 1.5-inch display, and 432 by 432 on the 1.3-inch version. This is fairly comparable in terms of pixel density to Apple, with the larger model at 327ppi and the smaller at 330ppi.

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 – Processing

Running the Apple Watch Series 9 is an Apple-designed S9 SiP, complete with a 64-bit dual-core processor. It also has a 4-core Neural Engine and 64GB of storage capacity.

The Galaxy Watch 7 is said to use the Exynos W1000, a Samsung-produced chip. It is apparently a 5-core chip, made using a 3-nanometer process.

Storage on the Galaxy Watch 7 doesn’t seem to match that of the Apple Watch, resting at 32GB.

Apple uses watchOS 10 as its operating system, custom-made for the Apple Watch itself. Samsung uses the company’s One UI Watch 6.0, built on Wear OS.

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 – Health sensing

Both watches are capable of detecting the user’s heart rate in two ways. Optical sensors are used for one method, with Apple on its third-generation sensor, alongside an electrical heart sensor.

Each also has a temperature sensor built in as well.

Close-up of the back of a smartwatch with a brown leather strap, showing sensors and engraved text.

The rear sensor package of the Apple Watch Series 9.

Apple also includes blood oxygen sensing as a sensor-based feature.

Meanwhile the Galaxy Watch 7 is listed as using a BioActive Sensor. This was previously used to handle the optical and electrical heart sensors, as well as Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis for readings of heart rate, blood oxygen, and stress.

Each has its fair share of fitness-tracking functionality, as well as fall detection systems.

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 – Battery

Apple has said that the Apple Watch Series 9 can last for up to 18 hours of normal use, though this extends to 36 hours in Low Power Mode.

The leaked specifications for the Galaxy Watch 7 don’t offer usage time, but instead a capacity of 425mAh.

Apple does use a 282mAh or 308mAh battery, depending on the size. Despite being smaller, it’s not directly comparable to the Galaxy Watch 7 in terms of use, since we don’t know how power-hungry Samsung’s version will be.

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 – Other features

Apple includes quite a few other sensors in the Apple Watch, including a compass, altimeter, accelerometer, and gyroscope. The leaks say the Galaxy Watch 7 has an accelerometer, gyroscope, and a geomagnetic sensor, as well as a barometer.

Both also connect over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.3, as well as NFC for payments. GPS and GNSS support is also offered.

While we know that the Apple Watch has cellular connectivity options, some leaks say the Galaxy Watch 7 will have a 4G option too.

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 – Pricing

The stainless steel versions start at $699 for the 41mm size, $749 for the 45mm. They automatically include cellular connectivity.

Smartwatch with a colorful display, showing the time and date. Attached is a blue woven band, resting on a black surface.

The Apple Watch Series 9 is available in aluminum and stainless steel casings.

The leaked pricing for the Galaxy Watch 7 puts the 40mm model at 319 euros ($343), with the 4G version at 369 euros ($396).

The 44mm versions are expected at 349 euros ($375) and 399 euros ($429), depending on cellular configuration. Samsung is running a deal offering $50 in credit when you reserve a Galaxy device.

Apple Watch Series 9 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 – Which to buy

It’s fair to say that, on paper, the Apple Watch Series 9 and the Samsung Galaxy Watch 7 are very comparable wearables. There’s a lot of crossover in terms of specifications and features between the two, making them fierce rivals.

However, a fierce rivalry isn’t what you would expect for smartwatches. Especially when they are intended for two different ecosystems.

What you instead get in the Galaxy Watch 7 is a very good example of a smartwatch, that is intended just for Android users.

Samsung does impress with its slightly thinner, lighter, and traditionally round appearance compared to the Apple Watch. But at the same time, the Apple Watch already offers consumers a lot of functions.

We still have to hear from Samsung about any feature changes at its launch on July 10. But even now, it seems like the Galaxy Watch 7 will be a great wearable option for Android users.

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